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02/20/07

Navigating New Medicaid Rules

A presenter speaks to the crowd while someone translates in sign language Tuesday. A presenter speaks to the crowd while someone translates in sign language Tuesday.

All across Georgia, families and friends of people with developmental disabilities are trying to figure out a new set of rules designed to help.

Tuesday night, a series of meetings took place, including one here in Savannah, to explain new Medicaid voucher rules.

Organizers say they're trying to help folks get around the complicated system and figure out which services are available for people who are developmentally disabled.

"Right now we have thousands of individuals and family members waiting for help," said Dave Blanchard, who's heading up the Unlock the Waiting List Campaign. "Tonight is an opportunity to bring information to those families about how they can access that help and about how they can be a part of advocating for Georgia to do more."

The new rules in Georgia are designed to make it easier for people to get help, but organizers of the meetings say the process can be a little daunting at first.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

 

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